Information session on COVID-19 and cotton

Concept note

The objective of this information session, organized at the request of the C-4 countries, was to provide Members with an up-to-date factual overview of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis at global and local levels and the resulting challenges for the cotton sector. Experts from ICAC and other organizations, cotton producing countries and the private sector have beeninvited to contribute. The information session also provided an opportunity for an exchange of views on possible solutions to address the short, medium and long-term consequences of the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, especially for the most vulnerable cotton producing countries.

Report - Information session on COVID-19 and Cotton "From facts to solutions


16:00 – 16:05

Introductory remarks by DDG Wolff

16:05 – 16:30

Cotton Market - Global data and perspectives

  • Presentation by Mr Kai Hughes, Executive Director, International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)
  • Questions & Answers

16:30 – 17:00

COVID-19 – short term remedies and the importance of building resilience for a sustainable future

  • Introduction by Dr. Heike Ostermann, Advisor, Programme for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains and Standards (GIZ)
  • Presentation by Ms Belinda Edmonds, Managing Director, African Cotton Foundation (ACF)
  • Questions & Answers

17:00 – 17:55

Roundtable Discussion: Impact on international trading and cotton value chains in East and West Africa and possible response strategies

  • Moderator: DDG Wolff
  • West Africa: Professeur Idrissa OUEDRAOGO, Président du Centre de Formation, d'Orientation et de Recherche pour la Gouvernance Économique en Afrique (FORGE-Afrique)
  • Eastern and Southern Africa: Mr Marco Mtunga, President, African Cotton Association (ACA)
  • Private Sector: Mr. Charles Henri Jannet, Head of Cotton Trade, Ecom Agroindustrial Corp. Ltd.; Vice-President of Afcot
  • Open discussion

17:55 – 18:00

Concluding remarks by DDG Wolff



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